Post-Master's Certificate Programs
The Master of Science Program in Nursing at Winona State University offers Post-Master's certificates to nurses who already hold Master's degrees in nursing. This education prepares these nurses for advanced practice in the focus area of Nurse Administrator, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Educator, Adult Nurse Practitioner, or Family Nurse Practitioner. Nurses who hold Master's degrees in other disciplines may be required to complete the entire Master's Program or may be able to complete a modified program, based upon their educational and practice history, at the discretion of the Master's Program faculty.
The program provides a strong clinical base in advanced nursing practice and is designed so each student will be able to:
Value caring as the basis of nursing in the human health experience.
Synthesize theories from nursing science and related disciplines to guide advancednursing practice.
Demonstrate advanced level of clinical expertise in nursing care of clients.
Integrate the roles of the advanced practice nurse in various settings.
Use a process of scholarly inquiry in advanced practice nursing.
Analyze the effects of historical, cultural, economic, ethical, legal, and political influences on nursing and health care delivery.
Manage resources within a health care delivery system through collaboration with other health care providers, community, and clients.
Contribute to the continuing professional development of self and others.
Description of Program:
The Masterís Program is grounded in the belief that all advanced practice nurses share a common core of knowledge. Through the foundational core courses, students further develop their ability to integrate theory, research, and practice. The Post-Masterís Certificate options build upon core knowledge provided by the studentís Masterís Program in Nursing degree. Courses within the selected focus areas of Nurse Administrator, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Educator, Adult Nurse Practitioner, or Family Nurse Practitioner, provide specialized knowledge and practice opportunities in each advanced nursing role. The domains of advanced practice nursing include:
Client health status management.
The nurse/client relationship.
Managing and negotiating health care delivery systems.
Monitoring and ensuring quality of health care practice.
The program also provides clinical and didactic learning experiences that meet requirements for CNS prescriptive authority of many state boards of nursing.The program features:
Flexible program of study. Students only take the courses they need for certification and/or prescriptive authority (e.g., if a student has already completed a pathophysiology course they would not need to repeat it). Plans of study will range from 2 credits to 35 credits depending upon course work already completed. Additionally, a Credit By Portfolio option is available.
Access to Courses by Distance Learning Technology. All required courses are available by distance learning technology including Internet or Web based courses and other audio-visual/media modalities; distance preceptored clinicals; and/or transfer of credits.
Cooperative support from the Mayo Clinic, Department of Nursing. Clinical Nurse Specialists from the Mayo Clinic Department of Nursing are assisting with course development and delivery and serving as clinical preceptors.
A history of excellence in nursing education. Winona State University, College of Nursing and Health Sciences has been offering quality Masterís education for over 13 years and remains committed to providing accessible high quality education opportunities.
Applicants with a Masterís Degree in nursing can complete the Post-Masterís Certificates in approximately 12 to 18 months. The number of credits completed by each student will vary and will depend upon focus requirements, previous coursework and advanced practice experience.
Classes for the Masterís Program are offered on the Rochester campus with selected classes offered at the Winona campus through ITV and to other remote sites using a variety of distance education technology.
Graduate Programs in Nursing Director:
Sonja J. Meiers, Ph.D., RN
Department of Nursing Graduate Programs in Nursing
Winona State University 859 30th Avenue SE, Rochester, MN 55904
Graduate Programs in Nursing Office:
East Building, EA129-136
(507) 285-7473 or 1-800-366-5418 ext 7473
Fax: (507) 292-5127
Department of Nursing Winona State University Box 5838, Winona, MN 55987-5838
Stark Hall 301
(507) 457-5120 or 1-800-342-5978 ext 5120
Fax: (507) 457-5550
Last Modified: Thursday, August 23, 2012 8:16 AM